Faculty Biographies

Ryan Cheng

Assistant Professor of Instruction


Office: CPR 286
Email: chengr@usf.edu


Ryan Cheng is a poet and educator from northern California. His experience includes over ten years of teaching creative and academic writing both in California, Florida and overseas. He is the winner of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Project Award for Poetry (2013), the Bettye Newman Poetry Award (2013), and first place in USF’s Humanities Institute Annual Poetry Contest judged by Jorie Graham (2013).

His poems have appeared in Quarterly West, The Ignation, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a poetry manuscript concerned with being a first-time father of a daughter, while grappling with his own childhood, masculinity, ethnicity, and nature.

He currently lives in Tampa, Florida where he teaches both professional and technical writing and creative writing courses.


  • MFA, University of South Florida, Poetry
  • BA, University of San Francisco, English


  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Professional and Technical Communication